Marcus Harvey

Marcus Harvey | SHIPBUILDING | New Works

25 November 2016 till 7 January 2017

The Reflex Gallery are excited to announce an exhibition of work by British artist



Official opening in the presence of the artist on Saturday, November 26 from 5-7 PM

Artist talk with Marcus Harvey on Friday, November 25 from 4:30 – 5 PM

If you wish to attend the artist talk, due to limited space, please RSVP to:

Associated with the Young British Artists, Harvey shot to fame with his controversial work, “Myra”, an image of the child-murderer Myra Hindley exhibited at the infamous 1997 Sensation exhibition in London’s Royal Academy of Arts. A giant grainy monochrome portrait, from afar it looked like a painted reproduction of the well-known media image of the criminal, but up close it was revealed to be composed of children’s handprints.

In his solo exhibition, Harvey will exhibit a selection of recent, uncompromising work in a variety of media that continues his investigation into ideas of Britishness – which now, more than ever, has come up against an identity crisis.

For several years now, Harvey has in his work explored the notion of British icons – from Thatcher to Tony Blair, as well as Nelson and Empire, but also lower-brow symbols, from tattoos, to junk-shop knick-knacks.

Often, these ideas are amalgamated in his extraordinary bronze sculptures – as if a magnetic centrifugal force has pulled together busts of Thatcher, policeman’s helmets, Britannia, galleons and other maritime bric-a-brac. The result is a series of powerful, humorous three-dimensional state-of-the-nation collages.

Harvey also considers received notions of masculinity. In overlaying photographs with painted provocative tattoos of naked women, ships, and other nautical imagery, he highlights a set of clichéd national motifs that never seem to lose their appeal.

“I like to go for the cheesy symbolism – I’m trying to break the parodic mould,” he says.

These oil on inkjet paintings are, “a musing on a theme of imagery and reality. By painting on photographs of actual people, they carry the narrative of the painting – bonding art history with a lower form of culture [the tattoo].”

This is cultural archaeology at its most exciting and irreverent and real. This has been an exceptional year for Britain – and the consequences of the Referendum vote will echo through the decades.

Harvey is an observer, not a judge. “I am offering the imagery according to what is unfolding in terms of topical debate. People will read the extreme sentiment into it. It’s a nagging theme to me that I mean to explore – artists don’t conclude. Politicians and philosophers conclude.”

Harvey’s work has never been more resonant.

Marcus Harvey was born in Leeds, attending Leeds College of Art and Goldsmiths College, London. He exhibited in the seminal Royal Academy exhibition Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection. Harvey’s painting of child murderer Myra Hindley, composed of a repeated child’s hand print and created as a critique of the media’s exploitation of the Hindley story, remains the most divisive work in the RA’s exhibition history. Harvey is the co-founder of the Turps Banana art school, gallery and magazine, which is devoted to painting. His work has been exhibited at MOMA, Oxford, The Serpentine Gallery, London and the Brooklyn Museum, New York, and is held in collections around the world, including the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Burger Collection, Hong Kong, the British Council and Saatchi Collections, London.

The exhibition runs till 7 January 2017.

For more information or to schedule a preview or interviews with the artist please contact our gallery:, Tel. +31 20 6272832 or Alex Daniels +31 (0) 629 568989

During Amsterdam Art Weekend the gallery is open

Thursday, November 24 from 11 – 18 h

Friday, November 25 from 11 – 20 h

Saturday, November 26 from 11 – 18 h

Sunday, November 27 from 12 – 17 h

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Keith Coventry | Keith Coventry | Junk & Pure Junk

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03-01-2018 till 17-02-2018

Roger Ballen | Roger Ballen – Ballenesque – a Retrospective

23-11-2017 till 30-12-2017

Unseen Photo Fair 2017

22-09-2017 till 24-09-2017

Chen Nong | Chen Nong | Silk Road

16-09-2017 till 11-11-2017

Joel Morrison | Joel Morrison | New Works

06-05-2017 till 15-08-2017

Iris Schomaker | IRIS SCHOMAKER | Come To The Edge

25-2-2017 till 26-4-2017

Unseen Photo Fair 2016

23-09-2016 till 25-09-2016

Sculpture Project Gelderlandplein | Permanently On View

Donald Baechler | Donald Baechler | New Works

16-09-2016 till 15-11-2016

Photo London 2016 Somerset House, Booth no. X2

18-05-2016 till 22-05-2016

Irina Ionesco | Irina Ionesco | Ma réalité rêvée

19-03-2016 till 10-05-2016

Unseen Photo Fair 2015

18-09-2015 till 20-09-2015

Andrew Moore | Andrew Moore | New Works from Dirt Meridian and Cuba

28-11-2015 till 20-2-2016

Todd Hido | Todd Hido|Selections From A Survey: ‘Khrystyna’s World’

12-09-2015 till 21-11-2015

Araki | Nobuyoshi Araki | Alluring Hell

06-06-2015 till 15-08-2015

Araki | Araki | August and Megumi Kagurazaka

20 December 2014 till 28 February 2015

Barry Reigate | One Cannot Get Fingerprints From A Rock

4 October 2014 till 6 December 2014

Unseen Photofair 2014

18-09-2014 till 21-09-2014

Beauty of Darkness II

21 June 2014 till 04 August 2014

Miles Aldridge | One Black & White and Twenty Four Colour Photographs

8 March till 10 May 2014

Robert Yarber | Robert Yarber | Panic Pending

06-12-2013 till 25-01-2014

Artissima 2013

08-11-2013 till 10-11-2013

Harland Miller | Harland Miller | Wherever You Are Whatever You’re Doing This One’s For You

20-09-2013 till 24-11-2013

Unseen 2013

26-09-2013 till 29-09-2013

Something Like Summer

17-07-2013 till 13-09-2013

John Copeland | All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

25-05-2013 till 16-07-2013

Hisaji Hara | Hisaji Hara | A Photographic Portrayal of the Paintings of Balthus

23-03-2013 till 11-05-2013

Arco 2013

13-02-2013 till 17-02-2013

Chen Nong | Chen Nong | Climbing To Moon

29-09-2012 till 31-12-2012

Pulse Miami Contemporary Art Fair

06-12-2012 till 09-12-2012

Daido Moriyama | Daido Moriyama | Journey For Something

19-05-2012 till 28-07-2012

Marcus Harvey | Marcus Harvey | Glass Paintings

07-04-2012 till 16-05-2012

Arco Madrid 2012

15-02-2012 till 19-02-2012

Roger Ballen | Roger Ballen | Animal Abstraction

12-11-2011 till 10-12-2011

Harland Miller | Harland Miller | Rocky 6

09-07-2011 till 13-09-2011

Moby | ‘Destroyed’ – Booksigning and Exhibition

31-05-2011 till 16-06-2011

Araki | Nobuyoshi Araki | It Was Once a Paradise

01-06-2011 till 16-07-2011

| John Copeland | Times of Grace

27-11-2010 till 15-02-2011

Andrew Moore | Andrew Moore | Making History

10-04-2010 till 07-06-2010

Harland Miller | Harland Miller | I’ll Never Forget What I Can’t Remember

18-09-2010 till 09-11-2010

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Miles Aldridge | Miles Aldridge | Acid Candy

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